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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #56: Bandsaw Guide

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 10-03-2015 12:52 PM 1120 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Bandsaw is a commercial model made locally here in Colombia, as many of the commercial tools are:

I have always had a problem with drift, and not just a millimetre or two, more like an inch or two! I spent hours trying to correct this, and in the end gave up, marking a line on the saw table so I knew in which direction to cut.

However this was not ideal, and I was finding myself not using the saw, which was ridiculous, the fault I believed was that there was no lower guide, I contacted the company who made it, and they said none of their saws are made with the lower guide, but if I wanted one, they would adapt and fit one, for a price, if I returned the saw.
Since it took four men to lift it into my trailer, that was not an option, so I decided to try and resolve it myself.

I thought about making the support from hardwood, but changed my mind, and went for a simple metal strap:

This I then shaped in the vise, using my lump hammer and cold chisel.

To fit it to the saw, I drilled a hole to bolt it to the frame, and on the other side, I drilled a hole, and then using my angle grinder with a cutting wheel, I expended the hole into a slot, to take two bearings.

It was then fitted to the saw, and adjusted.

Does it work?... Let’s just say, it has cut out nearly all the drift, I know I will never get rid of the problem all together, but it is a different saw! :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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hairy

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#1 posted 10-03-2015 01:19 PM

That might be better than what the manufacturer would have done. Way to go!!

Maybe you’ve seen this , maybe not. This man explains how most of what is called bandsaw drift is actually wrong blade adjustment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU

I was in Colombia in the early 90’s. On the Rio Caqueta in Amazonas. Beautiful! I wish I could have brought home some wood from there.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 03:38 PM

I would say you saved a few bucks, a lot of hassle and got as good or better as you would have gotten. One thing I can say for my little old Craftsman saw is that it has a very functional blade alignment and guide set up.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 03:44 PM

Thanks for the comments, this certainly saved me a ton of money, if it lasts, it will have been worth it!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 04:33 PM

Phil,,Nice Save. Looks like your learning to live in the land of 100% taxes?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 10-03-2015 04:48 PM

Thanks Tom…every Peso counts!! :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 10-04-2015 12:13 AM

My bandsaw has two roller bushings. Top and below tablle.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#7 posted 10-04-2015 02:21 AM



My bandsaw has two roller bushings. Top and below tablle.

- DocSavage45

So does mine…Now!!! :D :D

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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